We moved recently and our kitchen floor is in bad shape and not the kind of bad shape that is interesting. As a creative person, I have been trying to think of ways to salvage it. Sign vinyl, my medium of choice, is the first thing to come to mind because of its tremendous ability to cover up anything.
When I am brainstorming, I start at my book shelf and survey the scene. I grabbed Tape: An Excursion Through the World of Adhesive Tapes from the shelf and re-discovered Jim Lambie’s floors. They are a hi-lo take on floor mosaics and tile patterning with subtle breaks and angles. Dynamic compositions that make the humble floor an enormous and colourful abstract painting. Like Sol Lewitt’s of the floor.
" Most walls have holes, cracks, bumps, grease marks, are not level or square, and have various architectural eccentricities." *Sol Lewitt, Wall Drawings (Arts Magazine, (New York), April 1970.
I think I could insert the word "floors" for "walls". What I like so much about Sol Lewitt are the parameters that he gives himself for his work. I am channelizing Sol Lewitt by giving myself some parameters: Black and white will be my starting point. Brief: patterns for squares that can be created of shapes cut from a 2 “ wide strip of white or black duct tape placed on each square.
Next week, 1970's design to follow 1970's art on a 1970's floor.